8 February 2021

Welcome to Tracker, NHMRC’s fortnightly newsletter with the latest information on major activities and funding opportunities.

COVID-3D: "The scale that required is something we weren’t able to do without the Investigator Grant"  

Early in 2020, the University of Melbourne’s Bio21 Institute/Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute team was working on protein modelling to better understand antimicrobial resistance for improved drug development. In March they turned their attention to the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which had already undergone many mutations.

Nearly a year on and they are currently working on the UK and South African strains of the COVID-19 virus.

“This is the first time we have been able to do this across an entire pathogen. We could model all the proteins, we modelled every mutation of COVID-19, all the structural and functional consequences. The scale that required is something we weren’t able to do without the Investigator Grant.”

Read more about the work of Professor David Ascher and his team.

Investigator Grants 2021

The Investigator Grants 2021 round is now open. Minimum data is due 3 March 2021 and applications close 31 March 2021.

Further details regarding the scheme are available on GrantConnect and the NHMRC website.
In addition to the Investigator Grants 2021 Grant Guidelines, the following resources are available to assist applicants and RAOs prepare applications:

Relative to Opportunity Policy

NHMRC has revised its Relative to Opportunity Policy for track record assessment and is also trialling a new approach to assessment of Relative to Opportunity considerations in the 2021 Investigator Grant round.

A NHMRC communique explaining the changes is available on the 2021 Investigator Grants funding webpage

Synergy Grant scheme - key application dates

The Synergy Grant scheme for funding commencing in 2022 is scheduled to open 24 February 2021. Minimum data is due 24 March 2021 and applications close 21 April 2021.

Update on Synergy Grants peer reviewer membership

NHMRC thanks all those who have accepted a preliminary invitation to participate as a Synergy Grants peer reviewer in 2021. A second round of invitations will be sent and NHMRC encourages members of the research community to contribute their expertise to the peer review process. Further information on NHMRC peer review will be sent to invitees in the coming months

Ideas Grant scheme - key application dates

The Ideas Grant scheme for funding commencing 2022 is scheduled to open 10 March 2021. Minimum data is due 7 April 2021 and applications close 5 May 2021.

You will need to use Sapphire to access or enter your CV and profile, and submit your application. If you anticipate applying for or being named on a grant (including as an Associate Investigator), please register to activate or register your Sapphire account well in advance of the Minimum Data deadline.

MRFF Grant Opportunities

The application due date for the following MRFF Grant Opportunities is 3 March 2021, with minimum data due on 17 February 2021:

  • 2020 Cardiovascular Health Mission
  • 2020 Genomics Health Futures Mission
  • 2020 Stem Cell Therapies Mission
  • 2020 Traumatic Brain Injury Mission
  • 2020 International Clinical Trial Collaborations, Round 2 (20.2)

A further 4 MRFF grant opportunities are currently open for applications in Sapphire. Minimum data deadlines and application close dates are detailed in the key application dates table below.  Additional details on how to apply for MRFF grant opportunities is available on GrantConnect

Further information on MRFF grant opportunities can be found here

Clinicians and researchers are invited to express their interest in assisting with the assessment of MRFF applications as a member of a grant assessment committee. Register your interest via the online portal.    

International Alliance seeks members for the Common Measures in Mental Health Science Advisory Group

The International Alliance of Mental Health Research Funders (IAMHRF) unites funders on a shared mental health research agenda to save lives and improve treatments and care for patients and families worldwide. One of the network’s key efforts is to drive adoption of shared data collection instruments that are relevant and transferable to a variety of locations and areas of mental health research.

The IAMHRF is establishing a Common Measures in Mental Health Science Advisory Group (CMA), to be composed of experts in measuring mental health experiences, demographics, and functioning. The CMA will particularly focus on aspects of diversity, inclusivity, and cultural and geographical appropriateness of suggested measures to help improve the quality of research.

Information and the form to apply to be a member of the CMA is available here.

Applications close: midnight (AEST), 28 February 2021. For further information or inquiries, please contact: iamhrf@grahamboeckhfoundation.org 

NHMRC-ERC Implementing Arrangement 

NHMRC-funded researchers can apply to work with European research teams for up to a year during their grant period. Information about the current opportunities can be found here. Contact ERC for further details.

Sapphire Update – preparing for 2021 rounds 

Researchers are strongly encouraged to start planning their grant applications early. This includes new users registering for a Sapphire account in advance of scheme opening dates to update their profile and become familiar with the system. Information on how to do this is available from the Sapphire landing page or on NHMRC’s Sapphire page.

Researchers are responsible for confirming that their profile data is complete and up-to-date prior to submitting an application, and/or to be considered for peer review. A summary of the key changes to a Sapphire Profile from RGMS, and NHMRC's recommendations for checking your profile data are available here

Impact – the art of storytelling

NHMRC’s Dr Alex Aitkin and Dr Kiah Evans from the Telethon Kids Institute will discuss how you can demonstrate guideline impact at a GIN-ANZ webinar on Friday 12 March, 2021, 11-12PM AEDT.

For more information and to register your interest please go here

NHMRC consultation on guidelines

       
NHMRC is currently seeking the views of guideline developers about guideline impact: What does impact mean to you, how you collect or use impact data and how do you evaluate impact.

For more information and to provide comment please go to: Do guidelines make a difference?

A Guidelines for Guidelines module on Transparency is currently available for consultation. NHMRC welcomes comments and feedback on this module via email to the Clinical Guidelines team

Key application dates

Open

Funding scheme

Open date

Minimum data due

Applications close

MRFF Preventive and Public Health Research Initiative – 2020 Maternal Health and First 2000 Days, Early Childhood, and Exercise and Nutrition Grant Opportunity
 

12-Oct-20

20-Jan-21

03-Feb-21

MRFF Preventive and Public Health Research Initiative -  2020 Efficient Use of Existing Medicines Grant Opportunity
 

12-Oct-20

20-Jan-21

03-Feb-21

MRFF - Emerging Priorities and Consumer Driven Research Initiative - 2020 Childhood Cancer Research Grant Opportunity
 

07-Oct-20

20-Jan-21

03-Feb-21

MRFF International Clinical Trials Collaborations 20.2 Grant Opportunity
 

02-Sep-20

17-Feb-21

03-Mar-21

MRFF - Genomics Health Futures Mission - Genomics Health Futures Mission Grant Opportunity

16-Dec-20

17-Feb-21

03-Mar-21

MRFF - Traumatic Brain Injury Mission - 2020 Traumatic Brain Injury Mission Grant Opportunity

16-Dec-20

17-Feb-21

03-Mar-21

MRFF - Stem Cell Therapies Mission - 2020 Stem Cell Therapies Grant Opportunity

16-Dec-20

17-Feb-21

03-Mar-21

MRFF - Cardiovascular Health Mission - 2020 Cardiovascular Health Grant Opportunity

16-Dec-20

17-Feb-21

03-Mar-21

MRFF - Emerging Priorities and Consumer Driven Research Initiative - 2020 Improving Diagnosis in Cancers with Low Survival Rates Grant Opportunity

14-Dec-20

24-Feb-2021

10-Mar-21

MRFF - Dementia, Ageing and Aged Care Mission - 2020 Dementia, Ageing and Aged Care Grant Opportunity

16-Dec-20

24-Feb-21

10-Mar-21

MRFF - Indigenous Health Research Fund - 2020 Indigenous Health Research Grant Opportunity

18-Dec-20

24-Feb-21

10-Mar-21

MRFF - Emerging Priorities and Consumer Driven Research Initiative - 2020 Paediatric Cancer Grant Opportunity

16-Dec-20

24-Feb-21

10-Mar-21

NHMRC e-ASIA 2021 Joint Research Program

1-Feb-21

1-Mar-21

29-Mar-21

2021 Investigator Grants
 

03-Feb-21

03-Mar-21

31-Mar-21

Special Initiative in Human Health and Environmental Change
 

18-Nov-20

10-Mar-21

31-Mar-21

Partnership Projects 2021 PRC1

13-Jan-21

24-Mar-21

07-Apr-21

*NB schemes are in order of closing dates

Upcoming 

Funding scheme

Open date

Minimum data due

Applications close

2021 Synergy Grants
 

24-Feb-21

24-Mar- 21

21-Apr-21

2021 Ideas Grants
 

10-Mar-21

07-Apr-21

05-May-21

2021 Postgraduate Scholarships
 

14-Apr-21

12-May-21

09-Jun-21

Development Grants
 

21-Apr-21

26-May-21

16-Jun-21

Partnership Projects 2021 PRC2

25-Mar-21

28-Jul-21

12-Aug-21

2021 Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies Grants

30-Jun-21

28-Jul-21

25-Aug-21

Partnership Projects 2021 PRC3

29-Jul-21

17-Nov-21

01-Dec-21

*NB schemes are in order of closing dates 

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